Speakers & Events

The Young Initiative invites foreign policy experts and guest speakers to campus to engage in discussions on international relations and the global political economy with students and faculty.

Young speakers give students and faculty an opportunity to expand their understanding of global issues. The Young Initiative sponsors several speakers each academic year highlighting particular aspects of global affairs and the global political economy.  The Young Speakers program is devoted to highlighting the work and success of eminent international affairs experts and Oxy alumni in public service and academia.

Huss Banai
October 16, 2019

Hussein Banai is a professor at Indiana University in the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. His work is grounded in the oral history of Iranian and American scholars and journalists who are witnesses of complicated US-Iran diplomacy. Currently, Banai is working on a book about liberal political thought in modern Iran.

Robert Edelman
October 5, 2019

Robert Edelman is a Professor at University of California, San Diego, and has been since 1972 when he received his doctorate from Columbia University. As a former sports-writer and radio announcer, Edelman brings an interesting insider’s take to his specialty in Russia and Sports history.

Erin Lockwood
October 3, 2019

Dr. Erin Lockwood is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. Her research areas include International Political Economy, Global Financial Politics, Global Inequity, and many other areas at the intersection of International Relations and Economics. 

Miry Whitehill
September 27, 2019

On Friday, September 27th, activist Miry Whitehill came to Oxy to talk about her nonprofit, a refugee resettlement organization based in Northeast LA called Miry’s List.

Momin Rahman
September 26, 2019

On Thursday, September 26, 2019, Dr. Momin Rahman, a professor of sociology at Trent University, lectured students on Queer Muslim Challenges to the Understanding of LGBT Rights: decolonizing human rights through intersectionality. In his talk, Professor Rahman identified issues that the queer Muslim community faces and offered solutions to empower the community.

Professor Alison Brysk
September 12, 2019

On September 3, Alison Brysk, a leading researcher and professor of human rights, spoke at Occidental College on the topic of reproductive rights regression.

Steven Jensen
September 9, 2019

Dr. Steven Jensen of the Danish Institute for Human Rights presented a narrative of human rights which highlights new scholarship on the Global South's important role.

June 18, 2019

Juergen Pelzer, Professor Emeritus

Terra Lawson-Remer
April 25, 2019

Dr. Lawson-Remer's experience includes serving as a Senior Advisor to Obama's Treasury Department, an award-winning author, and an innovative political organizer.

Angela Stent
April 17, 2019

Angela Stent is a foreign policy expert specializing in US and European relations with Russia and Russian foreign policy.